October 26, 2010
He turns 48 years old next month and has worn a major league uniform for a quarter century.He won a World Series ring in 2008 and has earned tens of millions of dollars.
He sprained the ulnar collateral ligament and strained the flexor tendon in his pitching elbow in July and has faced a grueling rehab to make it back.
Moyer, who ended the season on the disabled list for the Philadelphia Phillies, is heading to the Dominican Republic to play winter ball.
I get where Moyer is coming from. Professional athletes only get a short window in which they're able to use their gifts. He's been the oldest player in the league since 2008. In 2010 he was the oldest by four years. His window is just cracked a little wider that most.
CSNPhilly's Jim Salisbury talked with Moyer during the playoffs about the possibility of becoming a lion in winter.
"If I do it, it would just be for a few starts," Moyer said. "I just want to make sure I can do it. If I get through that, I would continue my rehab over the winter and try to go to [spring training] camp with a club."
This news comes at the same time Phillies general manager talked about the Phillies' need to get younger. Having Moyer on the squad doesn't do much for the team's age curve.
So, Moyer might be pitching himself to any team with interest. Despite his age, Moyer finished 2010 with a 4.84 ERA (league average was 4.24), a 1.101 WHIP and a 3.15 K/BB ratio in 19 starts. He pitched two complete games — crazy! — including a shutout.
After his injury, rest and rehab were prescribed instead of Tommy John ligament replacement surgery. Moyer has been throwing on the side and the next step in rehab is facing live hitters.
To do that, the only option for Moyer is winter ball in the Caribbean.
Selfishly, I'd like to see baseball players play forever — if they can still perform. Moyer's been performing since 1986 when he broke in with the Cubs.
This time, common sense says Moyer — at this age, after an injury — is done and he's overstaying his welcome.
The only thing is, common sense said the same thing at least five years, 143 starts and 62 victories ago.
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